THE TOWNLAND OF MONGAVLIN, a mile outside of St Johnston, reeks of history. There lies the scattered ruins of Mongavlin Castle, once a stronghold of the O’Donnells in the 16th century. The Castle was also centrally used during the Siege of Derry.
There was an invasion of a different kind last night in Mongavlin. It is here, in this once fabled townland, where the McGinty family reside.
Brett McGinty returned home from Samoa with a silver medal around his neck. A boxer with the Oakleaf ABC in Derry, McGinty – who celebrated his 17th birthday on Sunday – won silver in the 69kgs category at the Commonwealth Youth Games.
Family, friends and the boxing fraternity turned out in their droves to welcome McGinty back home from Apia.
Pictured above is Brett McGinty with his father, Dessie, and members of the Oakleaf ABC